HZDG Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Jerry Zuckerman
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  1. Helpful (4)

    A Frustrating Great Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual dress awesome extremely smart people who you will keep as friends after leaving the company laid back culture great opportunity to learn if you are a Jr/early mid-level employee, but only if you are self-motivated to teach yourself, or have a smart mentor

    Cons

    If you don't have an iron fist when negotiating salary, you will get paid close to McDonald's workers Departments and campaign efforts are too siloed Sr management does not have the backs of their employees/and will take 100% credit for major accomplishments without even personally giving you recognition, is too detached from the skills and knowledge needed to understand what their employees do and have to deal with on a daily basis, and ultimately are in-place for the sole purpose of vanity since the middle/lower management employees are more competent and are the true backbone of the agency's success Co-workers are very clicky when it comes to social interaction There might be formulaic promotions, but other than that, there is really no opportunity to grow as a professional as the agency doesnt' monetarily support conference/workshop attendance or education tuition Although there are a few very amazing people in account services, a lot of AEs are too detached from digital that they don't accurately communicate with clients, thus, resulting in a lot of frustrating client requests that steal entirely too much time from more important work

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees' needs and be attentive/sensitive to their bandwidths, boredom/complacency indicators (if we aren't being challenged/learning, we will leave) Spend a day in the shoes of your employees once in a while - it's not enough to just read up on industry trends once a month. You cannot accuratedly or effectively direct a team if you yourself don't even have half the skills/knowledge your employees have. And if you aren't willing to do that, then for goodness sake, let your employees be the EXPERTS! Don't answer client/AE questions, or make promises for projects/deadlines without first conferring with your employees, and if your employees have reservations about something, LISTEN to them. Have your employees' backs. You should be the one to initiate performance evaluations, not us. And of all thins, you shouldn't put off our performance evaluations to such a degree that they end up being 6 months late. Give us recognition when WE are the ones who do something for the agency and don't steal and/or redirect recognition. Fight for us when executives seek to severely under-pay us (you should know our worh, and if you don't, or don't care to reward us for our worth, then you shouldn't be a Sr level manager). Challenge us. Try to find ways to customize our role to our career aspirations; send us to conferences/conventions


  2. Helpful (1)

    Leadership full of themselves

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design
    Current Employee - Design

    I have been working at HZDG full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    not much. the leadership are some of the most arrogant when in reality they're not very good at what they do.

    Cons

    so much office drama. the ecd is clueless and she's the most dismissive cd i've worked with.

    Advice to Management

    clean house and bring talent in.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Don't be fooled by the "cool" office - would not recommend working here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - relaxed atmosphere - nice people - cool clients - if lucky, will get the opportunity to work on cool projects - good experience, working on high-end clients

    Cons

    - was not the right fit for me or for them - absolutely no organization or process - no training or on-boarding was involved - was pretty much thrown into the fire to vent for myself - i started as a jr and when I would ask for help, I just got some eye rolls, which pretty much told me to figure it out on my own - realized from the first week how rude the majority of the staff was by how they treated their intern - cliquey atmosphere - if your not family or family friends of the zuckerman family - good luck! - my manager at the time cared more about decorating the office then he did helping out with projects - the team I worked on was small - was not treated right and was not trained properly, if at all - the work I ended up doing was not in my job description and they were interviewing people for my job right in front of my eyes

    Advice to Management

    - treat your employees with respect - have a process and stick to it - would highly recommend bringing someone on to develop a training and on-boarding program - be more consistent with reviews and be open with employers on what they can improve and give them goals - upper management should be more involved then they are, as the jr's are left to vent for themselves - leaving HZ was the best decision and until I left I didn't realize how unhappy I was there - as a company, you should never want any of your employers to say that when leaving


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Churn and burn

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Front-end Developer
    Former Employee - Junior Front-end Developer

    I worked at HZDG full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will work with super talented designers and developers. You will be inspired and learn new skills to grow. Nice people. Mac environment Severance pay

    Cons

    Spec work Average 12 hour days to not fall behind Not a lot of collaboration Pay was OK. I negotiated more with 6 month review Crappy benefits You are expendable

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you are looking for and have teams that collaborate more.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Get your foot in the door, then get out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD

    I worked at HZDG full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has great clients and produces great (cool) work. Nice Christmas presents and holiday parties. Summer Fridays. Casual dress environment. Great place to get your foot into the industry. You will work with some very creative and smart people.

    Cons

    This place is basically high school all over again. I have never worked in an environment where even upper management participated in the gossip. Starting salary is a complete joke. I have a college degree and I am pretty sure trash men make more as their salary. There is no work/life balance. Location is not the best unless you live in Maryland. Favoritism is played to its fullest. If you aren't "in"....good luck. Benefits? What benefits? Everyone just works to get the work out, there is absolutely no strategy behind anything they do. People who have "power" take it WAY too seriously...talking down to workers is a common theme. Communication from management down is very poor.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck finding people who are going to stick around long term if treatment towards your workers does not improve.


  7. Helpful (1)

    The most bizarre and draining place to be

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool people that you'll bond quickly with because every mid-level to Jr creative is miserable. Free beer?

    Cons

    Deplorable starting pay (think under 30k) Cultish work culture Third-rate benefits Cramped open office Stressful beyond agency standards Micromanaging management

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Stop burning out designers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work if you are a designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very creative environment. Some very interesting clients. There are a lot of talented people working there.

    Cons

    It's like high school. If you are a designer or someone within the circle of love, you are set. Otherwise, everyone else is completely dispensable. Very bad work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Get some outsiders/consultants to provide some untainted perspective on how to manage and grow the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Cool place, but pay nothing & show no appreciation unless you're buddy-buddy with the president.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool place and fun work for the most part. Some very bright, creative people there.

    Cons

    They pay WAY BELOW industry standards and management doesn't show appreciation for all the hard work and long hours employees put in. Extremely clicky. Feels like high school all over again.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites!!! Those are the people that are only concerned with socialing and appearance - not working their butt off like the rest of us. These are the people you should appreciate! And pay your employees what they are worth.


  10. Great team, good leadership.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Office culture is key here. You'll love the people you work with. Leadership from the top is hit or miss, but if you can roll with the punches, you'll succeed here.

    Cons

    Leadership has suffered from shiny object syndrome in the past, but the business success is undeniable. They're a powerhouse creative shop.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Complete disaster.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice client roster, some pretty creative folks, decent pay

    Cons

    There is ZERO strategic thinking done at this company. This is a group of trend-hopping, reactive thinkers. And the senior management knows it. There is no confidence in the work, so they burn mountains of time on spec work. It's quantity over quality here. They'll tell you they do digital, and full service advertising, but they don't. They're more interested in guessing broadly than presenting strong, insightful work. There is no understanding of what makes a big idea, how it's integrated into a campaign, or how to turn that into a functioning process that teams can use for growing business. From the top down, there is no communication, no trust, no direction, no organization, no collaborative spirit and no redeeming element. Please, i'm begging you. Stay away from this place.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. You might learn something.



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